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Arthouse Audit: 'Much Ado' Opens Well, 'Before Midnight' Expands Well

Joss Whedon's take on Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" continued the May/June rollout of well-hyped specialized releases, and more significantly, joined "Frances Ha" and "Beyond Midnight" -- both now expanding similar to solid results -- as higher-end grossers, particularly for this time of year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 9, 2013 4:01 PM
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'The Purge' Opens Friday to Five Times Its Budget; 'Much Ado' Opens Strong Limited

"The Purge," the first film from horror producer Jason Blum ("Paranormal Activity," "Insidious") to be released by Universal, grossed almost $17 million on Friday (including Thursday night late shows), more than five times its reported $3 million production cost, to be the dominant #1 film for the day.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 8, 2013 3:11 PM
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Weekend Preview: Delightful 'Much Ado About Nothing,' Unfunny 'Internship' and More

Joss Whedon's jazzy, black-and-white version of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" is going down smooth as silk with reviewers. The film, which Whedon shot at his Santa Monica home in a 12-day period before "Avengers" post-production began, is easily the critical winner for the weekend.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 7, 2013 3:01 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Shooting Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' in Black-and-White (VIDEO)

Joss Whedon's marvelous Shakespeare house party in modern dress, "Much Ado About Nothing," is part of a mini black-and-white resurgence this year that also includes Noah Baumbach's screwball "Frances Ha," Alexander Payne's chilly "Nebraska," and Godfrey Reggio's counter-intuitive "Visitors." Maybe it's "The Artist" factor or maybe it's just time to go monochromatic again as a retro exercise in naturalism. For "Much Ado" cinematographer Jay Hunter (who previously worked with Whedon on the "Dollhouse" TV series), shooting in black-and-white was nirvana -- a mixture of film noir and the French New Wave.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 7, 2013 12:20 PM
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Review: Joss Whedon's Verily Updated 'Much Ado About Nothing' (VIDEO)

A healthy dose of disrespect keeps Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing” from toppling into the swamp of sensibilities that so often swallows up Shakespeare updates – those well-intentioned “reimaginings” that put a cast in new clothes and new attitudes, and thus render the dialogue even dustier than it already might seem (at least to audiences who wouldn’t go to an Elizabethan play without the barrel of a revolver stuck up their collective nostril).
  • By John Anderson
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  • June 3, 2013 1:53 PM
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Seattle International Film Festival Lineup Includes 'The Bling Ring' and 'The Way, Way Back' (TRAILERS)

The 39th annual Seattle International Film Festival has announced its lineup, which includes Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" and Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 30, 2013 3:10 PM
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